Our coaches will help you FEEL Amazing

Meet the team that’s dedicated to making your goals a reality.

our story

Coach Jose’s background in the fitness community started in 2007 when he began competing and teaching in the Japanese style Martial Art of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. He has been a Level 2 certified CrossFit Trainer since 2015 and holds multiple CrossFit specialty course certifications. Since 2010, he helped develop specialty classes and seminars in gyms across The Bronx and Queens until founding his own gym in 2018.

Jose’s experience as a trainer has led him to create teaching environments for people of all ages and fitness backgrounds – where anyone can feel welcomed and be appropriately challenged. Coach Jose is passionate about sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and has a goal of impacting the lives of as many people as possible.

Equis Fitness provides a space that emphasizes health, wellness, and the importance of nutrition. We are an independently run small business, owned by Bronx locals and proudly stand by our community in providing a fitness program based on empathy and inclusion – teaching the community as one, but valuing the needs of the individual. We know the names of all of our members, their goals, their strengths, their fears, and limitations. Our mission is to achieve excellence on a daily basis. Our coaches have the ability to customize any workout to fit the specific needs of each person. We help people at all skill levels and all areas of fitness get out of pain, feel better, and look better so they can be better!
Founder of Equis Fitness
Jose Vanderpool Jr | OWNER

meet your support team

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Glenn

Coach Glenn is a CF Level 2 Trainer and Co-Owner at Equis Fitness. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2008 at Capital CrossFit in Northern Virginia. As a former high school soccer player, he was immediately impressed by the philosophy of CrossFit training - to become an all-around fitter person for life. After just a few months of regular WODs, he began competing in the MAAC (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Challenge) and did so for 3 years.

He’s seen great progress in his overall health and fitness and has never looked back. When he is not in the gym, he can be found behind the scenes as a Video Streaming Engineer or spending time with his wife and two sons.

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Jen

Coach Jen aka "JGO" is a CF Level 2 Trainer and Co-Owner at Equis Fitness. Having no athletic experience outside of CrossFit, but growing up as an active tomboy kept her competitive and busy. After multiple knee surgeries during college that caused inactivity and weight-gain, in 2013 upon completion of her MFA in Interior Design, she became determined to be proactive about her health and fitness regimen.

She stumbled upon friends who were talking about CrossFit online, and found a box to join near her parent’s home in The Bronx.

In 2014 she became a CF Level 1 trainer organizing events and teaching Kids and Beginner’s CrossFit classes. She’s competed in local events such as Flex on the Beach, Flex in the City and has served as a judge at the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games East Regional. Outside of the gym, you can find her cozied up reading books, being a dog mom to her rescue pup Maya, or exploring the city for the latest and greatest design trends.

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Sean

Coach Sean is a CF Level 1 trainer at Equis Fitness. A high school athlete, he also has 6 years of Powerlifting experience under his belt. Like many of us, he lost motivation to continue to stay in shape when he discovered how much fun college was. Doing research online, he came across the CrossFit methodology of training and became obsessed with the idea of all the incredible things the human body can go through and endure.

When he is not in the gym, he’s enjoying his other biggest passion in life, SINGING! Whether it’s learning a new song to sing and play on the ukulele, singing along to music blasting in the gym, or even going on Broadway auditions, singing has always been a huge part of his life.

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Kevin

Coach Kevin a CF Level 1 trainer at Equis Fitness. His athletic career started with Football, as an offensive and defensive lineman at Alfred E. Smith High School in The Bronx and later at Morrisville State College. He is no stranger to hard work and dedication! He fell in love with CrossFit in 2016 when introduced to the concept that no matter how good you are at something, you are most definitely going to come across something that you're NOT good at.

“A challenge is always going to present itself to you no matter what the workout is”, says Kevin. That’s what sold him – the variety of unexpected workouts and challenges that leave you wanting to overcome any obstacle that is in your way.

As a coach, he is focused and attentive but in real life he loves anime, reading Manga, and being outdoors on his bike or hiking. Kevin is also a law enforcement officer who cares deeply about protecting others – we are so thankful for his service!